I woke up this morning to perfectly blue skies and the beautiful mountains of northern NM. The first thing I thought of was that it was Tuesday. Then I remembered it was Tuesday, September 11th. The last Tuesday, September 11th I experienced was one of the worst and saddest days for all of us. Where was I when it happened? Sort of like, I remember where I was when Kennedy was shot-I was in 4th grade and my teacher told us-she was crying. On 9/11/01, I had just finished running with my friend Val. I was driving in my car to H's office to do some paperwork. I heard on the radio something about a plane going into the World Trade Center. Becca called me and we talked about it. We turned the TV on at the office. No one could believe it was happening. I remember thinking that there may be 50,000 people killed. I was in shock, as so many others were. I turned on my TV this morning and they were re-playing live those events on 9/11/01. It was interesting now to hear how things unfolded. The news people sounding so calm-how did they do that? I was one of those people who watched TV non-stop for days after the attack. Hartley couldn't watch at all..This morning was the first time he even saw the news broadcast. I remember those holding up signs that their loved ones were missing, emergency rooms unfilled because most were killed when the buildings fell. I cried and cried. The 110 story buildings fell.. So hard to comprehend even now how catastrophic it really was. I am sure the images only show a minute portion of the magnificence of the situation. I had 2 clients that moved to New Mexico and saw me in counseling after the buildings fell. Just hearing their stories made me grieve..grieve for all those families, children, husband, wives, brothers, sisters, friends that lost someone they loved. The effect on our country has been enormous. I remember as a counselor thinking that we are a country walking around traumatized. No one will ever be the same who witnessed 9/11, even if it was only on TV or hearsay..
Yet..life still goes on for all of us. Here in Chama the trees still stand. I just heard a plane fly overhead. The dog is sleeping. Another blue sky and bright sun..
Where were you when it happened?